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Braley Urges House to Pass Veterans Tax Credit Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 12:58

Senate unanimously passed bill yesterday that includes similar provisions to Braley bill to increase veteran hiring

Washington, DC – After the US Senate unanimously passed the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit yesterday, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) used Veterans Day today to urge House leadership to take up the bill immediately and send it to the president’s desk.  The legislation includes language similar to the Combat Veterans Back to Work Act, a bill Braley introduced in August.

“Our service men and women put their lives on the line for our country,” Braley said.  “They shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they come home.  Unemployment among returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is three times the national average.  That’s unacceptable.

“This bill will increase the hiring of veterans, improve resources for vets to translate their military skills into the civilian workforce, and provide veterans with new tools to help their search for a job.  I urge Congress to act immediately to pass the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, because our veterans can’t afford to wait.”

In August, Braley introduced the Combat Veterans Back to Work Act, a bill which exempts a business from paying their share of an employee’s Social Security taxes for one year when they hire a current member of the National Guard or Reserve or any veteran who has returned from deployment within the last 18 months and is currently unemployed.

The Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit includes similar provisions.  The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars have all endorsed the bill.

Braley is the highest ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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First-Ever Andrew Connolly Day of Service Benefits Dubuque Vets Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 14 November 2011 14:20

Volunteers honor legacy of Dubuque veteran by “paying it forward” to Veterans’ Freedom Center


Dubuque, IA – At 8:30 this morning, just two days before Veterans Day, dozens of volunteers from across the tri-state area gathered to put up drywall, paint, and help renovate the new home of the Dubuque Veterans’ Freedom Center during the first-ever Andrew Connolly Day of Service.

The day of service honors the legacy of the late Andrew Connolly, a Dubuque native and Iowa National Guard veteran who never stopped urging others to “pay it forward” in every aspect of their lives.  Before he passed away on August 26, 2011, after a battle with spinal cancer, Andrew Connolly could often be found at Dubuque’s Veterans’ Freedom Center, a place close to his heart.

“Andrew’s life was committed to serving others,” Braley said.  “Whether he was with his wife, Jenny, or his son, Brody, or serving overseas in Iraq, or advocating on Capitol Hill on behalf of other veterans, Andrew led by example.  The mantra he often repeated was ‘pay it forward.’


“We organized today’s day of service to honor and commemorate Andrew’s selfless spirit and ‘pay it forward’ to the Dubuque Veterans’ Freedom Center.  I hope this day grows in its scope and significance from this point forward – it’s a fitting tribute to a man who was so focused on helping others despite a life that dealt him a very challenging set of circumstances.”

Braley joined Jenny Connolly, the Freedom Center, and local groups to organize the day of service.  Braley spent his time putting up new drywall.  Volunteers were given custom Andrew Connolly Day of Service t-shirts.

Andrew Connolly worked hard to help his fellow veterans.  In May, the US House passed the Andrew Connolly Veterans’ Housing Act, a bill Braley introduced to expand grant programs for permanently disabled veterans to remodel their homes and make them more disability-accessible

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Braley Announces Veterans Administration Online Career Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 11 November 2011 14:33

Over 60 national employers participating in virtual career fair this Thursday


Waterloo, IA – Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a virtual online job fair for veterans this Thursday November 10, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Central Time, the day before Veterans Day.

"Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices for our nation and after returning from the battlefield they deserve good jobs," Braley said. "I am committed to use every opportunity possible to help these veterans.  Iowa veterans should visit to register and take advantage of this great opportunity."

Over 60 national employers and nearly 40,000 veterans have already registered to participate in the online career fair.

“As we work to help Veterans find good paying jobs, it is important that we take advantage of online resources that connect our Veterans with employers around the Nation who want to hire these highly qualified and experienced men and women,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

Veterans are encouraged to pre-register at for the online career fair.  During the career fair on Thursday, veterans from across Iowa and the country can log in and visit virtual employer booths, search for and apply to job openings, and chat with recruiters online.

Braley is the Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and last month held a field hearing in Waterloo that focused on veterans’ economic opportunity and job creation, focusing especially on Iowa National Guard and Reserve members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Change of Command for Mississippi Valley Division of the Corps of Engineers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allen A. Marshall   
Friday, 11 November 2011 13:08
VICKSBURG, Miss. - In a formal change of command ceremony, Major General Michael J. Walsh will transfer command of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to Major General John W. Peabody, Thursday, November 10.  The ceremony will be officiated by the Corps' Acting Chief of Engineers, Major General Merdith "Bo" Temple, and will take place at 10 a.m. in the Vicksburg Convention Center.

Maj. Gen. Walsh, MVD Commander and President of the Mississippi River Commission since February 2008, has been assigned as the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Peabody comes to Vicksburg from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was Commander and Division Engineer of the Corps' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. Previous commands include the 618th Engineer Company (Light Equipment) (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division; the 299th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, the Engineer Brigade for the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and the Pacific Ocean Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As MVD Commander, General Peabody will be responsible for the Corps water resources programs in a 370,000-square-mile area that includes portions of 12 states; its boundary extends from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  District offices are headquartered in St. Paul, Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg, and New Orleans.

In addition, General Peabody will be president-designee of the Mississippi River Commission, the presidentially appointed agency that oversees the comprehensive Mississippi River and Tributaries flood control and navigation project, as well as the entire Mississippi River and its tributaries.


Veterans, A Legacy of Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek   
Friday, 11 November 2011 13:04
The Quad Cities is home to approximately twenty-eight thousand military veterans, many who continue to serve as part of the Rock Island Arsenal workforce.

Our veterans are owed a debt that simply cannot be repaid. Our nation depends on the willingness of its finest men and women to step forward and to serve, that dedicate themselves to the greater cause of protecting our democracy.

Following World War II, November 11, previously known as “Armistice Day”, became Veterans Day in order to remember those who served as members of the armed forces with honor and distinction.

As First Army Commander, I have had the privilege of serving with thousands of veterans, outstanding Soldiers and their incredibly dedicated families. For the better part of a decade they have endured multiple tours – protecting us from danger. Our most recent group of veterans, continue to honor the legacy of those that have served before them.

It’s never easy to console your children when your wife or husband is deployed. Military families do this every day, and today, as we remember and recognize our veterans, we recognize their families who stood beside our veterans and served and sacrificed in their own “combat zones”.

This Veterans Day, take a few moments to honor our veterans and show your appreciation for their sacrifices. Our veterans fought for and defended our freedoms, and we need to continue to thank them for their service.

First In Deed!

Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek
First Army Commander

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